Hustonville City Clerk: motorcycle belonged to police chief

Published 9:34 am Friday, May 26, 2017

HUSTONVILLE –  City Clerk Rita Clem confirmed this week that the motorcycle mentioned in a 2012 letter from the state auditor of public accounts was owned by the Hustonville Police Chief. 

A June 6, 2012 letter from former Auditor of Public Accounts Adam Edelen to former Mayor Mark Spivey was the topic of discussion during Hustonville City Council’s regular May meeting and detailed complaints against two city employees, former Mayor Cecil Maddox and Hustonville Police Chief Fred McCoy. 

Although Maddox admitted and apologized for his use of city employees and equipment on his personal farm while serving as mayor, Clem said the complaint made against McCoy was not substantiated. 

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The complainants’ letter claimed the motorcycle was sold by the police chief and questioned who received the proceeds, saying the city should have been the recipients, however, Clem said this week that the city never owned the motorcycle. 

“That was Fred’s personal motorcycle,” Clem said. “He used his own personal motorcycle and he decided not to use it anymore. It ended up getting wrecked later on, so he did get a salvage title on it.” 

The letter said the state auditor’s office “takes no position on the legitimacy or validity of these concerns” but was bringing the matters to the attention of the former mayor  requesting a written response.